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Diplo on Rihanna: “She's the truest artist that we have in this era right now”

The feud that really never was…

Diplo offered major support of Rihanna during a recent interview. Following April reports of a minor dispute with the songstress, Diplo said of Rihanna: “She's the truest artist that we have in this era right now.”

The cosign arrived while the DJ was discussing his Give Me Future biography with Viceland’s Desus & Mero. The film gives viewers behind-the-scenes insights into the event which saw Diplo and the rest of Major Lazer playing in front of 450,000 Cubans.

Toward the latter third of the interview, Diplo dives into the infamous studio session (with Metro Boomin’, Future, and The Weeknd) that resulted in Rihanna calling out a Diplo demo as a “reggae song at an airport”. Diplo added honest context to the situation: “It was so ‘Metro Boomin’-ed’ out that my record sounded pretty bad”.    

The topic closed as Diplo shared major praise of Rihanna: “She’s able to be a good influence for girls, she takes chances, she represents the Caribbean, she’s fashionable, she runs her own company…”

During the 15-minute interview, Diplo also discussed his production timeline since working with M.I.A. a decade ago, the spontaneity of music writing, his continued desire to work with Rihanna among other talented female lyricists, buying a $120,000 ($US) house with cash, coming up in Philadelphia, possibly changing his alias and preparing James Van Der Beek for Vice’s What Would Diplo Do mockumentary.

Watch the interview in full below: